To help develop your problem-solving abilities, an explicit strategy, which is a modification of the strategy developed at McMaster University (Woods et al., 1975), is used throughout this book. The seven stages of this strategy are:
0. I want to, and I can
1. Define the problem
2. Explore or think about it
4. Do it
Step 0 is a motivation and confidence step. It is a reminder that you got this far in chemical engineering because you can solve problems. The more different problems you solve, the better a problem solver you will become. Remind yourself that you want to learn how to solve chemical engineering problems, and you can do it.
In step 1 you want to define the problem. Make sure ...